BBQ, Beer, and Sports – a frugal Father’s Day gift guide

Good ‘ol Dad has done a lot for you over the years, hasn’t he? He taught you how to catch and throw, took you fishing, and killed all the bugs in the house when you were cowering in the corner. Well, this Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s the one day of the year where you get to show your dad how much he means to you.

Just like Christmas, there tends to be a lot of pressure on Father’s Day to find the perfect gift that symbolizes your love for your father. Stores take advantage of this by tugging at your heartstrings in various advertisements. They are trying to ensure that you feel obligated to visit their store to purchase a present for your dad.

But, at Consolidated Credit, we believe that not every gift needs to have a big price tag attached to it. A gift that comes from the heart is more valuable than a $600 flat screen television. So, we have compiled a Father’s Day gift guide that covers the three things dads love most – BBQ, beer, and sports !~

· BBQ – As any seasoned BBQ aficionado can tell you, a good sauce will cover up the mistakes on the grill. There’s a plethora of rubs, spices and sauces on store shelves but I’ve got a DIY project that will be fun and cheap for the budget conscious.

Gather up some old jars, make some labels with a picture of you and your dad, and make your own BBQ sauce. Just grab a recipe that looks good from the internet, buy the ingredients and start making your own BBQ sauce. Better yet, invite your dad to join you in the kitchen and do it together. Sure, you might make a few mistakes but you’ll have a lot of laughs along the way. And you’ll get to enjoy it with a couple of steaks afterwards. Bon appetite!

· Beer – As the weather gets nicer, your father probably likes nothing better than sitting on the back deck enjoying a nice brew. It would be easy to go out and buy him a case of his favorite beer but that wouldn’t be frugal and special, would it? Luckily, there is a better way.

Take your dad to a homebrew store on Father’s Day. You’ll get to spend the day picking out the flavor of beer you want and you’ll get to start the fermentation process by sprinkling yeast on some wort. The store will take care of most of the brewing process but you’ll end up with a couple cases of beer at much less than what you’d be spending at a normal store. You can give it a special name like “Father and Son Ale” or “The Wilson Family Homebrew” that will make him think of you every time he takes a sip. And, if he doesn’t like beer, the same thing can be done with wine. Bottoms up!

· Sports – It was a difficult year for Canadian hockey teams. Aside from Montreal, they were shut out of the playoffs. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t help your father enjoy some sporting events. It may not be the NHL, but there’s lots of great sporting entertainment in the summer that is both frugal and fun.

Take your dad to a minor league baseball game. There are various teams across the country and a ticket is going to cost next to nothing. Grab a couple of hot dogs and you’ll be set for a few hours of entertainment. The best thing about baseball, however, is that you’ll also be able to spend time talking to your dad while watching the game unfold. This will give you a few hours of quality time together that is probably hard to come by these days.

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